Thanks to friends who are parents of kids in our middle child’s preschool class, the entire northwest quadrant of the ceiling has been removed, beams exposed. Everything looks fabulous so far…
… except for the window that got smashed on Sunday. We’re still not ready to replace it, so for now we have to get a plexiglass pane. Apparently the city doesn’t want us to just cover it with plastic or plywood because it is on Main Street. Oddly enough, the building directly across from us has had plywood over its windows since we purchased the building over a year ago. Oh well. We will play nice. 😉
Another bit of work done was to secure the wall where the cross beam is attached, as it is a little crumbly.
Interesting finds of the weekend included a 1960’s era empty Coca-Cola can (forgot to get a photo of that), a blob of plaster and palette with the mason’s final swish through it, and a mysterious foot-long iron hook hung high up in the rafters.
So what’s next? Removing the rest of the ceiling. And there’s still a lot to go – a little more than half. Also, all of the wood we recover needs to have nails pulled and sorted by type and/or size. And we have another dumpster full of debris building up. Lets not forget the back stairwell – that will take some careful handling and likely some construction of scaffolding.
Due to a number of other obligations keeping us busy, we’ll not be working more than a few hours here and there during the entire month of March. Frustrating, but necessary. We’ll pick back up in April, including a large, open-invite work weekend April 15th and 16th (please join us!). After the ceilings are gone, up comes the floor, and then actual construction can begin!